Area players make their commitments on signing day

Area players make their commitments on signing day

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- When National Football Signing Day approaches, the spotlight tends to shine brightest on the blue chip recruits headed to the top schools.

Nonetheless, several local players had their moment to stand in the light Wednesday as they announced their commitments to college teams.

One of the most sought-after prospects is Clinton quarterback Darian Stone. He garnered a lot of interest as a Class AAA Mr. Football finalist.

Stone announced Wednesday he's headed to Tennessee Tech to play under head coach Watson Brown.

Oak Ridge standout James Normand also signed with Tennessee Tech. He will play center for the Golden Eagles.

Running back Dorian Cozart drew the attention of several big colleges while playing for Knoxville Catholic. He decided, however, to stay closer to home and signed with Carson Newman.

Four local high school players are headed to Tusculum College, including defensive back Stephen Gyebison, from Knoxville West, and running back Jordan Bishop from Morristown West.

Trevor Hoskins, a quarterback at Middlesboro High School, and linebacker Dillon Wilker, from Bearden, will also join the Pioneers.

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